Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 68,000 new cases are reported each year.
Recent studies have revealed a direct link between the ultraviolet light exposure in tanning beds and the increase in skin cancers in women 15-39 year of age. This has led to many states requiring written parental permission for a minor before they can use a tanning facility. The fact that these beds are “inside” does not make them any more safe than baking outside in the bright July sunlight! Besides, there are many self-tanning cosmetic products on the market that provide a safe alternative to direct sunlight and tanning beds–check them out!
A few facts of interest about melanoma:
1. occurs more often in older adults
2. occurs more often in Caucasians
3. occurs more often in people with lighter skin tones, light eyes, freckles, and/or red hair
Should you notice any unusual moles or lesions, you should monitor them for changes in color and/or shape, and watch for irregular borders. If any of these occur, call your doctor or your dermatologist right away.